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Old 13 February 2018, 03:00 AM
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Teacher Students walk out of anthropology lecture after professor uses the word n****r

A local story that has become a national one:

Students walk out of anthropology lecture after professor uses the word n****r

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According to students, during lecture for the course ANT 212: Cultural Freedoms Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography, anthropology professor Lawrence Rosen asked students, What is worse, a white man punching a black man, or a white man calling a black man a n****r?

The lecture focused on the topic of oppressive symbolism.

He was describing what is acceptable as free speech and what is not, explained Devyn Holliday 18 in an interview with The Daily Princetonian.

According to students, Rosen allegedly said the word n****r twice more as part of discussions after his original question.
The course has been cancelled as of today.
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Old 13 February 2018, 03:56 AM
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Old 13 February 2018, 11:53 AM
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If the word was used in context that's one thing, if it was used the way my baby sister used "damn" once upon a time, as in "beavers build dams, right Mom" and similar questions all so she could say a forbidden word then that's another story.
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Meaning you did or you want us to?
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Old 13 February 2018, 02:49 PM
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He said it was supposed to "deliver a gut punch," and said he would keep using it if he "thinks it's necessary." Both of those suggest to me that he was using the word gratuitously to shock students, even if he was not using it as an epithet at anyone.
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Old 13 February 2018, 03:35 PM
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On the one hand, he was using it in context.

On the other, he wasn't using it as part of a direct quote, or IMO in a context in which it was really essential to use the full word -- especially to use it repeatedly. And he did keep using it, persistently, over the objections of the students.

If he really thought it was necessary to make that gut impact: he made it with the first use. Insisting on continuing to use it seems to me another matter. This isn't an issue of, say, reading Huckleberry Finn and discussing Twain's use of the word, referring to it by initial during the class discussion but reading it in full when quoting a specific passage. It's an issue of the teacher using the word in his own voice.

And if students in the class were asked whether they wanted to see pornography, they should certainly be asked whether they wanted to hear actual epithets.
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“He was describing what is acceptable as free speech and what is not,” explained Devyn Holliday [...] “According to Salter, Rosen allegedly said in the class, “I don’t think I need to apologize; I did not oppress anyone.” [...] “He said ‘you need to suspend your disbelief for the sake of this class.‘”
I’m trying to figure out what his point was here. What does suspending your disbelief, a term that is used for fanciful story telling, have to do with free speech and oppression? It might all make sense in his mind, but his students’ take away from this is total confusion.

I also think “acceptable free speech” is a bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? If it has to be acceptable, it isn’t free. Maybe he meant “offensive free speech.”

Either way, I somehow think this individual is not the right person to be lecturing on this issue.
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